Giulia Falcone is starting to feel pretty good about herself now that she’s been out of the convent for 18 months. She’s working for Frank Driscoll, a private investigator. He has a simmering romantic interest in her, and it’s reciprocated, as evidenced by their witty repartee.
But one day, her old mother superior, Sister Fabian, walks into the office. She wants to use Giulia’s services to find out why a young novice nun has killed herself. To work the case, Giulia must go undercover by putting on the habit and becoming Sister Regina Coelis once again.
It makes her feel a little better to know she’s wearing lacy underwear under that black dress, but still, she has flashbacks to the misery of her convent years.
Back in the convent, she meets all sorts of characters, as nuns from other states and countries convene at the motherhouse for a big reunion. No doubt Giulia will fit in: she knows the drill, and all those out-of-town nuns don’t know her, so they are none the wiser to her identity. Of course there’s the run-in with her old convent nemesis, Sister Stephen, to spice things up.
Giulia befriends and helps the young novices, and soon unravels the mystery. It’s a fast-paced whodunit that will satisfy mystery book fans. It’s extra fun if you are Catholic and are familiar with the religious terms and jokes. This is the second book in the series by Loweecey, herself a former nun. Her first is called “Force of Habit.” I’m going to look for it.